Computing

The introduction of the National Curriculum 2014 has seen a great change in the focus of teaching ICT in schools. Now known as Computing, there is a greater demand on children to not only use and manipulate existing programs and software, known as ‘Digital Literacy’, but also to program and develop their own games and systems that allow children to understand the beginnings of computer science.

At Crawley Ridge we recognise that the world of technology is fast changing. Education needs to progress in order that children move forward with the skills and knowledge necessary to later be active participants in a digital world. The aims of the National Curriculum 2014 are summarised below:

Aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including algorithms, data representation and logic
  • can confidently use and manipulate information technology, including using new and unfamiliar technology, to achieve desired outcomes and solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • use technology safely and respectfully (online safety), keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. (please see the Online Safety Guidance page of our website for more information on how you can support at home)

We are using and adapting the Purplemash computing scheme of work alongside Twinkl modules to help incorporate the use of iPads. This is a comprehensive package with aims in line with the new curriculum and will support teachers in delivering high quality lessons that allow children to develop skills such as coding, debugging and programming.

Resources

To deliver the demands of the new curriculum we are well equipped with a range of resources and hardware to best support teaching and learning in this area. Each year group has a bank of school laptops to enable computer access at a variety of levels, be it small group work, independent access to further learning in a particular area, or through whole class teaching sessions. There is a wide range of software suitable for young children, which aims to develop a broad range of ICT skills, and to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. Children are also given opportunities to use various forms of hardware to support learning, for example digital cameras, sound recorders and microscope visualisers. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, visualiser and sound system, and iPads are increasingly being used to support teaching, learning and assessments.